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Messi, Ronaldo’s earnings higher than Osun, Nasarawa budgets




The budgets of Osun, Nasarawa, Enugu and seven other states in the country are less than the annual earnings of 10 top athletes in Europe and America put together,  according to PUNCH.

The combined yearly salaries of athletes such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball star, Lebron James, are higher than the budgets of some states in Nigeria put together.

According to reports published on, the total amount earned per year by the three athletes from salaries, sponsorships and endorsements is N148,992,480,000.


Using the Central Bank of Nigeria exchange rate of N424.48 to $1, Messi earns N55,182,400,000 ($130m); Ronaldo gets N48,815,200,000 ($115m), while James takes home N51,362,080,000 ($121.2m).

Whereas the combined 2022 budgets of Nasarawa, Ekiti and Abia states is N356,750,000,000. In December 2021, the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, signed the N110bn 2022 budget into law.

In the same vein, the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, signed the 2022 budget of N100.75bn into law with a promise to complete all ongoing legacy projects and consolidate other achievements recorded in the past years.


On his part, the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, signed into law a total of N147.28bn as the state’s budget for 2022.

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